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Central Park Concert

Jerome Myers

American Art

Like the urban Realists of the Ashcan School with whom he was acquainted, Jerome Myers found inspiration in the everyday dramas of modern life. This sketch of concertgoers in Central Park combines his penchant for careful observation and quick, on-the-spot execution. Myers individualized the physiognomy and dress of each person, lightly sketching the forms and then reinforcing his initial conception with darker lines of crayon. Although there is no ostensible narrative, this scene suggests that music has the power to unify a diverse urban populace.
MEDIUM Black crayon (probably Conté) on cream, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper with watermarks.
DATES n.d.
DIMENSIONS sheet: 7 1/2 x 9 in. (19.1 x 22.9 cm) frame: 15 3/8 × 20 3/8 × 1 3/4 in. (39.1 × 51.8 × 4.4 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed in graphite, lower right: "JEROME / MYERS"
CREDIT LINE John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Jerome Myers (American, 1867–1940). Central Park Concert, n.d. Black crayon (probably Conté) on cream, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper with watermarks., sheet: 7 1/2 x 9 in. (19.1 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, John B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 18.165.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 18.165.1_PS3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 18.165.1_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © Estate of Jerome Myers
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